Embarrassing Photo Thursday, and Lot of News Stuff


OK, before we get started—are we so lovin’ David duChemin today or what? He totally rocked it yesterday with his inspirational, and eye-opening guest blog (just read all the comments and you’ll see what I mean), and I’m both honored and excited that he was my guest blogger here on the Photoshop Insider. Thanks so much David.

Why Yes, That Photo is Embarrassing
Yet another blast from the past has snuck its way onto my blog today, and the one above (circa 1983) is a self-portrait where I’m posing with an old Minolta SLR that my brother handed down to me when he upgraded to a Nikon F3. It was shot with my Pentax SLR using the self timer, and this was taken in a small studio another photographer and I rented, and it was shot on white seamless using a Sunpak flash unit set to bounce off the ceiling. How high tech! ;-)

Of course, the shot below is even more embarrassing (that’s right, a bonus embarrassing shot), which was taken one night when I was in the band “The Edge” around 1986. I played keyboards mostly, but if the song didn’t have keyboards, I’d play rhythm guitar, and I sang lead on a dozen or so songs (as seen below). And yes—I am wearing sweat bands (they were all the rage back then. Well, if you were in a band anyway). Behind me is “Big Electric Cat” drummer Scott Stahley. He was all of 18-years-old at the time. The photo was taken at a club called “The Landing” in Haines City, Florida. Yeah, I really played the choice gigs, didn’t I? ;-)


Now, onto the news:

Something Big is Coming Here on Monday
I wanted to give you guys a heads up that on Monday I have some mondo big news, so make sure you stop by to check it out. If you wait until Tuesday….well…it just might be too late (you’ll see what I mean).

Mike Wong Gets a Face Lift
OK, that’s not exactly what happened; it’s actually just a face lift for Mike’s excellent 1 on 1 blog that he writes on behalf of Photoshop plug-in maker OnOne Software, but I just couldn’t let a headline like that go to waste. Here’s the link to his younger, healthier-looking blog. ;-)

Jeff Revell’s New Canon 50D Book Now in Bookstores
When I was at my seminar in DC last week, Jeff Revell (of PhotoWalkPro) came out to the seminar and brought me a copy of his new book, “The Canon 50D: From Snapshots to Great Shots,” and I have to say; it is, hands-down, the best “how to use your camera” book I’ve seen, because it goes way beyond a “how to use your camera book.” When Jeff was writing the book, he told me that the last thing the world needs is another author rewriting the manual, but saying in four pages what the manual said in two pages. Instead, Jeff said “The reason people buy a book on how to use their camera is because they want to make better photos, but all they wind up doing is learning how to use the menus and buttons,” which is why he set out to rewrite how this genre of books is done, and by golly he did just that. It doesn’t just teach you the camera’s buttons and menus—it teaches Canon 50D users how to take better photos with their camera and that is what’s going to set this book apart (This book is going to be huge!) Here’s the link to it on Barnes & Noble.com and Amazon.com. Congrats Jeff on totally delivering on your vision (and for including such great looking photography to boot!).

Don’t Miss David Ziser’s Digital Wake-up Tour!
David Ziser’s “DigitalProTalk.com” blog has won legions of devoted fans because of the amazing amount of info David shares daily—-not just about photography technique, but about the business of photography as well. As great as that blog is (and it truly is among the best out there), there is absolutely nothing that compares with learning from David live (I’ve done it myself—-it’s an eye-opening, career-changing experience). David is out on tour right now with this acclaimed “Digital Wake-Up Tour,” and if he’s coming anywhere near you—you absolutely, positively just have to go (you’ll thank me later). His next stops are:

  • Los Angeles, CA, May 18th
  • Ontario, CA, May 19th
  • Irvine, CA, May 20
  • San Diego, CA, May 21st
  • New Orleans, LA, May 26th
  • Houston, Texas, June 1st
  • Dallas, Texas, June 2nd
  • Ft. Worth, Texas, June 3rd
  • Oklahoma City, OK, June 4th
  • Louisville, Kentucky, June 8th
  • Cincinnati, Ohio, June 9th

For details and/or to reserve your seat, here’s the link.

Video Review of Wacom’s New Intuos 4 Tablet
Terry White, over at Terry White’s Tech Blog, did an excellent video review of Wacom’s latest tablet (the same one you’ve heard me raving about—the same one I have both at home, and on my desk at work and now can’t live without), and if you’ve got a quick minute and you’re wondering, “Well, what makes this particular tablet so much better?” then just watch Terry’s review and it will all make sense. Here’s the link.


That’s it for today folks. I’ve got some other cool news tomorrow, so make sure you check back here then, and of course on Monday. Could be really big! :)

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